Why Live In Residence

Welcome to SFU’s residences where the space you live in is shaped by the unique personalities and diverse community that lives here. When you choose to live in residence, you join a diverse community that encourages academic success, self-discovery and exploration.


Day In The Life of an SFU Student Resident

Join Jose as he shares with you what a typical day in the life of a student resident is like, as he takes you through residences, campus and class. Your university experience starts HERE.

Check out our Where? Here Handout (PDF)


Day In The Life of an SFU Student Resident Athlete

Welcome to Alexia's world. A student athlete on the women's wrestling team. Watch Alexia as she takes you through the day in the life of a student athlete living at SFU's Burnaby campus. You Belong HERE.

Check out our Where? Here Handout (PDF)


undergraduate Student Residents


Graduate Student Residents
- Burnaby & Vancouver


Countries represented @ SFU Residences


Building options to choose from

Compared to students who commute, students who live in residence

  • Have higher GPAs
  • Have a greater academic success
  • Have higher graduation and retention rates from 1st to 2nd year
  • Are more comfortable with the campus environment and more satisfied with their university experience
  • Have a greater sense of community

SFU Residence and Housing offers

  • Gender-inclusive communities
  • Living learning communities
  • Graduate living communities
  • Single-gender communities
  • Family housing
  • Professional live-in staff

We welcome students from all around the globe

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Scholarship students
  • Professional live in staff
  • International students
  • Fraser International College
  • Student Athletes
  • And more

As a student living in residence, you will have access to

  • Live-in student support staff
  • All you care to eat meal plan (open 24 hours September – April)
  • Programs that foster academic success and personal growth
  • A supportive and safe residence community
  • Quick access to SFU and FIC resources and supports
  • Student positions within Residence and Housing and Guest Accommodations
  • A community that helps you thrive and achieve academic and personal success

Student Residents at a glance

At SFU residences - everyone’s voice matters. Play an active role in shaping your journey. Get involved. The opportunities are endless. Pursue academics while exploring social and personal activities. Immerse yourself in both university and residence life. Welcome to your new community.

Residence Programs

As part of living in SFU Residence, students will have an opportunity to take part in various programs and initiatives focused on supporting their academic learning as well as their personal and social growth. While many of our programs are run by our Residence Life team, we collaborate frequently with Campus Partners, ensuring that residents are connecting with the resources available to them on campus while learning from topic experts, including our Multifaith Centre, Health Promotions Team, Campus Public Safety, and The Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office. While our programming changes year-to-year to meet the changing needs of our students, some programs and initiatives have previously included:

Orientation and Transition

  • Community Meetings - focus on how to live in a community living environment and connecting with residents
  • Orientation events – focused on building connections between residents and exploring the local area – including sunset walks, field trips to local areas/attractions (Granville Island, Science World, etc.), and preparing for the start of the semester.
  • Building skills around living alone and/or away from friends and family (e.g., cooking lessons, how to do laundry, fire safety etc.)

Personal Health and Wellness

  • Yoga and fitness classes
  • Hiking
  • Learning about consent and how to party safely
  • Plant show and sustainability fair

Social and Community Connection

  • Talent shows
  • Movie nights
  • Tie-dye events
  • Spa nights
  • Bob Ross art time

Academic Learning and Transition

  • Residency and mindfulness of the course of the semester, particularly during midterms and finals
  • How to work effectively in groups for class project and how do use a professor or TA's office hours to support your learning
  • Creating sustainable practices with study habits and routines